I am working through the new devotional called “Live Dead Joy” by missionary Dick Brogden. “Live Dead” is a missions effort to put missions teams in the hardest, most unreached parts of the world. It is a radical call to missions and as such, Dick Brogden is a very driven man. I admire him greatly.
I enjoy the Live Dead devotional because it is NOT soft pedaling anything. It’s not your “warm thought for the day” kind of devotional. It is a call to live under the power of the cross of Jesus Christ.
But today I have a bone to pick with his thought process.
Today’s devotional starts with this sentence:
“Revelation wreaks havoc on any theology that has a high view of people.”
A few lines later:
“There is no man-centered triumphalism in the last days — there is only disaster.”
Revelation does point out what happens when humanity puts themselves at the center. We witness this all over the world all the time.
But to say there is no place for a “high view of people” ignores… well.. the Bible. We too often have a “worm theology.” I draw this from the song “At the Cross” where the line says “Would he devote that sacred head for such a worm as I?”
I grew up with that theology.
It’s not about being “man centered.” What is needed is a theology of God that is so great that we understand GOD has a high view of humanity. Without God, we’re foolish. Yes. But WITH God, what is constantly put in front of us biblically is the thought: ALL IS OURS.
Without God, we end up in disaster. Revelation portrays that. Yet, WITH God, we have the opportunity to understand what it is to walk in the image of Christ.
Here are a couple of reminders we need from Scripture:
3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. (2 Peter 1:3-4)
4 I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. 5 For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge— 6 God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you. 7 Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. 8 He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. (1 Cor. 1:4-9)
We need to be reminded from time to time that GOD has a high view of us.
1. Don’t think you do it all on your own. That’s disastrous.
2. Don’t think you’re an unworthy worm. That’s disastrous as well.
3. In Christ, ALL IS OURS. That is victorious.